After a slow and somewhat lethargic start, the College of Charleston baseball team woke up late and dispatched of rival Charleston Southern, 9-2, Wednesday at Buccaneer Field.
College of Charleston improved to 16-4 on the season and CSU dropped to 14-8. CSU has lost three straight games, its longest losing skid of the season.
Brandon Glazer drove in three runs for College of Charleston, two on a bases-loaded double in a four-run sixth inning that snapped a 1-1 tie. Carl Wise added a pair of hits and two RBIs for the Cougars. Nathan Helvey (2-1) earned the pitching victory in relief.
Center fielder Bobby Ison paced the Buccaneers with a pair of run-scoring singles.
"It was a little tough early, the weather was cold and cloudy, and we really didn't seem ready to play," said College of Charleston coach Monte Lee. "I thought our pitching kept us in the game. We threw strikes and I thought we competed well on the mound. We made a few too many errors, but I thought we did a great job in the second half of the game."
The Cougars scratched for a run in the top of the first. Blake Butler walked and moved to second on a wild pitch from CSU starter Tyler Weekley. Brandon Murray followed with a one-out single, moving Butler to third, and Carl Wise scored Butler with a sacrifice fly to center.
College of Charleston freshman pitcher Tyler Thornton started the game and cruised through three hitless innings before having to leave the game to attend class.
The Buccaneers broke through in the bottom of the fifth on Ison's run-scoring single, scoring Alex Tomasovich, to tie the game at one.
The Cougars managed one hit through the first five innings but roughed up CSU's third pitcher, freshman Andrew Locklear, in the sixth. Shortstop Gunnar Heidt led off the inning with a bloop double to left. After Murray walked and Wise was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Locklear got Austin Bello to strike out. But Glazer ripped a double off the left-field fence, scoring Heidt and Murray for a 3-1 lead.
"Glazer's hit was key for us," said Lee. "It kind of turned the game our way and we seemed to relax and play better after that."
Ben Boykin's infield single up the middle scored Wise and ended Locklear's short outing. Levi Mauldin entered the game, allowing a sacrifice fly to Nic Pappas for a 5-1 Cougars advantage.
Locklear (1-3) took the loss for CSU.
"We had some chances to put a hitter away and we didn't do it, and you can't do that against a good team like that," said CSU head coach Stuart Lake.
College of Charleston will hit the road for a three-game series at No. 22-ranked Houston this weekend, while the Buccaneers will host Radford in a three-game Big South Conference series.